Saturday, January 23, 2010

A new mat

A couple posts ago, I mentioned that I wanted to get a bigger cutting mat. I finally did! JoAnn's was having a 40% sale on notions, 50% sale on Kona cotton fabric, and through my guild, I have a 10% discount card for all purchases made. It just means that I got $65 of quilting goods for $35. :)

Not only is there double the cutting width, but my rotary cutter slides SO much smoother! I felt like swearing I had put a new blade on, but I hadn't. I think the biggest thing with my old mat, it just had a million little grooves from 4+ years of use. I was always needing to clean off little bits of green rubber from my blade. Yet if I didn't press harder, it wouldn't cut the fabric. Now I'm just whizzing through the fabric on the new mat. I did switch from Olfa to Dritz, merely due to the cost.

Currently I'm working on a train themed quilt... and frankly my heart isn't very into it. Yet I know if I don't push through and finish it, it'll never get done! I want to at least get the top made before moving onto a new project. I think the 288 HSTs really kicked down my excitement for the quilt. And it's just a lap size one! :P



Laura said...

Enjoy your new mat! It sounds like you got some great deals at Joanns. Keep going on that quilt. You will be done before you know it.

gamawinkie said...

Leah, watching you clean up your room has helped me want to do mine! I am making progress, slowly but surely. Every time I think my stash is getting smaller, it seems to multiply!

Brittany said...

Thanks so much for stopping by. And congrats on your little one! Love the quilt in your 11.5.09 post.

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